Cardboard moving boxes are of the top priority when it comes to packing materials. They come in different sizes and shapes, they are practical, can be folded to save space, and what’s more – they are usually very affordable.
In fact, packing boxes are so widespread that you can even get them for free! Check in the nearest supermarket if they have any spare or unwanted cardboard boxes – suppliers often use them to deliver all range of products to the stores. Please bear in mind that it is OK to use second-hand boxes as long as they are in good condition, not squashed, crumpled in any way or damaged from dampness etc.
Also, we always recommend using double-walled boxes. The two layers of cardboard give the box a great deal of extra strength, which is very important. Also, try not to use very large boxes that may become too heavy or awkward to carry in the process of moving.
In addition to the standard cardboard boxes, you may also need a number of speciality boxes to stay in full control of your moving preparations. Such speciality moving containers include wardrobe boxes, dish boxes, as well as artwork, mirror boxes and bicycle boxes.
Generally, the size can be described by the width, depth and height or by the cubic volume. An average medium size box is about 3 cubic feet and is characterized by the following dimensions – 18″ x 18″ x 16″. Some of the available sizes include the following:
- 1.5 cubic foot carton or box:
this is the smallest size of moving boxes and they are meant for packing small items like canned products, small heavy working tools, books, tapes, CDs and the likes. 1.5 cubic foot carton size – 16″ x 12″ x 12″ – small
- 3.0 cubic moving box:
this is double of the 1.5 cubic box. It is a medium size box used for moving items like kitchen and dining items, pots, electronics, pans and small outdoor tools. 3.0 cubic feet box dimensions – 18″ x 18″ x 16″ – medium
- 4.5 cubic foot removal box:
heavier and larger items like larger lamp bases, linens, non-hanging clothes, lampshades and the likes are packed in this size of clothes. 4.5 cubic foot removal box dimensions. 4.5 cubic ft box dimensions – 6″ x 12″ x 12″- large
· 6.0 and 6.5 cubic foot carton: it is suitable for packing numerous light items such as children playing stuff. It is also suitable for packing bulky items like area rugs. It is the largest size of standard moving boxes. 6.0 and 6.5 cubic foot carton dimensions: 24″ x 24″ x 18″ – extra large
You may wonder how many boxes you will require for your household move. Approximately, you will need 5-7 large moving containers, 8-10 medium-sized ones and about 10-12 small boxes to pack up one room. It may give you a hint about the number of boxes you should purchase for your home removal.